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Author: Joanne Burn

How to Edit a First Draft the Easy Way

How to Edit a First Draft the Easy Way

You’ve finished your novel! It’s a real achievement to complete the first draft of a novel – congratulations! So, what now? You know that an edit is on the horizon! It might be that you’re lucky enough to have fellow writers with whom to share your work. But what if you don’t? Or what if you’ve shared your first draft and have plenty of feedback, but aren’t quite sure how to proceed with your edit? I muddled through the editing…

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Because we all love a Story

Because we all love a Story

This week I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by the wonderful writing organisation Writing East Midlands. They have been a big part of my writing story and I will be joining them next year as a tutor, offering a one-day Be your own Writing Coach course. To answer their questions I had to think quite deeply about what it was like to be a writer starting out, a writer getting rejections, a writer thinking about giving up… as well…

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How to write a book when you’re crazy busy with kids

How to write a book when you’re crazy busy with kids

First of all: you don’t have to. Writers beat themselves up all the time about not writing enough, not being prolific enough or not living the kind of life we all imagine writers live. This article isn’t one more stick to beat yourself with. There are times in life when writing fades into the background – and that’s okay. But, equally, maybe you’re super-busy raising a family – with no end in sight – and you’re craving the opportunity to…

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How to create in the chaos of life

How to create in the chaos of life

Do you want to write, paint, act, make music, create..? But does life keep getting in the way? It’s hard to say this without sounding harsh, but I’m going to say it how it is, right at the beginning, just in case nobody else ever has. It’s not life that’s getting in the way. It’s you. We get in the way of creating by making excuses, blaming others, feeling sorry for ourselves and creating seemingly unsolvable problems. We live by…

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